DIDO AND AENEAS @ The Ustinov
Music and arias of astonishing beauty
Purcell’s opera is a mainstay of the operatic repertoire, containing music and arias of astonishing beauty that are known and loved throughout the world.
The opera tells the story of Dido, the widowed Queen of Carthage, and her lover the Trojan prince, Aeneas, shipwrecked on his way to Italy, where he will found a new Troy. Witches plot Dido’s destruction, conjuring a storm to break out when the royal couple are hunting. In the melee, a witch persuades Aeneas he must leave Dido and sail for Italy. Aeneas and his sailors prepare to leave, to the delight of the witches. Dido’s tragic response to her betrayal inspired Purcell to write one of the most beloved arias, “When I Am Laid In Earth”.
This landmark event will see opera being produced in the Ustinov Studio for the first time, the charming atmosphere and intimate environment lending themselves perfectly to musical productions.